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5:30 PM ET, April 26, 2013

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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
How To Lose The Sequestration Fight  —  Last night, the Senate proved it can fix big problems for real Americans — so long as they're rich, or relatively rich, or fly for business or what have you.  —  The short version is that late last night it took a break from its regular schedule …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The Democrats have lost on sequestration.  —  That's the simple reality of Friday's vote to ease the pain for the Federal Aviation Administration.  By assenting to it, Democrats have agreed to sequestration for the foreseeable future.  —  (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts  —  After thousands of flight delays across the country this week, the United States Senate voted Thursday night to give the Federal Aviation Administration the flexibility to keep the nation's airports running smoothly.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House passes bill to end FAA furloughs in victory for GOP
Discussion: Power Line
Keith Koffler / Reuters:
Obama's hubris problem  —  Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings.  At the White House.  By himself.  No press or other intruders allowed.
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tom Brokaw says ‘no thanks’ to White House Correspondents' Dinner
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Washington Monthly
The Official White House Tumblr:
The White House, Tumbling Things
Eric Moskowitz / Boston Globe:
Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night  —  The 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur had just pulled his new Mercedes to the curb on Brighton Avenue to answer a text when an old sedan swerved behind him, slamming on the brakes.  A man in dark clothes got out and approached the passenger window.
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U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, First Quarter 2013 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 …
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Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
GDP Up 2.5%, But Underlying Weakness Evident
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
George Jones, Admired and Copied Country Singer, Dies at 81  —  George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, died Friday at a hospital in Nashville.  He was 81.  —  He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure, the Web site of Webster & Associates …
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Brian Mansfield / USA Today:
George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81
Jammie Wearing Fools:
Surprise!  Psycho Mother of Boston Bombers Also on Terror Watch List  —  Anyone watching the performances of this media darling can only come to a couple of conclusions: She's been lying through her teeth that her “good kids” had nothing to do with the Boston terror attack and it's probably a safe bet she put the elder son up to it.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Health Chaos Ahead  —  It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.  —  Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn't want to release unpopular rules before the election.
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Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Farm Loan Bias Claims, Often Unsupported, Cost U.S. Millions  —  In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp.  —  Ever since the Clinton administration agreed …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
OBAMA BACKS PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN POLITICAL FIGHT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women's health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama to Largest Abortion Provider: ‘God Bless You’
Leisa Zigman / KSDK-TV:
Former Congressman Todd Akin breaks silence: talks comeback, takes on Karl Rove  —  ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Could Todd Akin be the new comeback kid?  —  The 65-year-old former congressman says don't rule him out.  Nearly six months after losing the Senate race he continues to be attacked from all sides of the political spectrum.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
After the last two weeks, is it time for a laugh?  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama has had to give some tough speeches in the past couple of weeks.  From consoling Boston and West, Texas to scolding Congress for failing to pass gun control legislation, the president's messages have been heavy.
Discussion: Politico
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tom Brokaw says ‘no thanks’ to White House Correspondents' Dinner
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senators Quietly Seeking New Path on Gun Control  —  WASHINGTON — Talks to revive gun control legislation are quietly under way on Capitol Hill as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week's collapse of the most serious effort to overhaul the country's gun laws in 20 years.
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 26, 2013 - Pennsylvania Voters …
New York Times:
Debt, Growth and the Austerity Debate  —  IN May 2010, we published an academic paper, “Growth in a Time of Debt.”  Its main finding, drawing on data from 44 countries over 200 years, was that in both rich and developing countries, high levels of government debt — specifically …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Presidential Wheel Turns  —  Disaffection for Bush gave us Obama.  That explains the new affection for Bush.  —  Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 because he was not George W. Bush.  In fact, he was elected because he was the farthest thing possible from Mr. Bush.
Sacramento Bee:
Rick Perry ‘explosion’ cartoon published to make a point  —  Several readers wrote me this morning expressing varying levels of concern about the cartoon depicting Gov. Rick Perry's marketing of Texas' loose regulations, juxtaposed with the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
New York Post:
President's pick for French ambassador folded over ties to poker ring: sources  —  The Manhattan billionaire President Obama wanted to appoint ambassador to France turned down the prestigious position over ties to an alleged Russian mob-run poker ring that was laundered through a Carlyle hotel art gallery, sources told The Post.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The 1 Percent's Solution  —  Economic debates rarely end with a T.K.O. But the great policy debate of recent years between Keynesians, who advocate sustaining and, indeed, increasing government spending in a depression, and austerians, who demand immediate spending cuts, comes close — at least in the world of ideas.
Carol Kuruvilla / NY Daily News:
Was this hottie deported from Saudi Arabia for being ‘too handsome’?  —  Religious police in the conservative country allegedly feared that three men from the United Arab Emirates were so handsome that ‘female visitors could fall for them.’ Whether or not Omar Borkan Al Gala is one of those three …
Discussion: Mediaite and msnbc.com
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Fox guest Michelle Malkin links Grover Norquist to Boston Marathon bombing  —  During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin alleged that influential anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist was indirectly linked to the Boston Marathon bombing.
 
 
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Mark Zuckerberg's New Political Group Spending Big On Ads Supporting Keystone XL And Oil Drilling
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus / Great Falls Tribune:
'I'm happier than I've ever been'  —  Serving you is the greatest privilege of my life.
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
GOProud Leaders Stepping Aside For “Someone Else To Come In And Shake Things Up”
Discussion: Advocate
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud
Democracy Now / The Huffington Post:
“Love Has No Color”: Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom
Discussion: Colorlines
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Federal Helium Program: How temporary becomes forever
Jason Silverstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Decline of Emergency Care
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Some Hospital Jobs Shrivel
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Ron Synovitz / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Target Of Taliban Justice Tells Of Brutal Amputations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Politico:
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Tarini Parti / Politico:
The Tea Party Caucus returns